The Obituary of Elizabeth (Betty) Ginter nee Stoesz
As told by Betty Ginter
I, Betty , was born on March 24, 1930 in the farm home (3.5 miles south of Horndean) to my parents Cornelius and Elizabeth Stoesz. I was given the name Elizabeth after my mother. Mrs Katharine Ginter was the midwife who delivered me... I had 3 sisters and five brothers to welcome me to the family.
I had a happy childhood. Three more brothers were added to join the nine that were already crowded into the small farm house. There was a saying “with every child another lean-to was added to the house”.
Mom's life was not always easy...she writes
When I was nine years old, my brother Jake started coughing. He got weaker all the time, playing outside with him was no fun anymore. Jake passed away October 13, 1939.
Six years later my mom fell sick and passed away in February, 1946. That was a very difficult time for me, 16 years of age, given the responsibility of caring for a household, my Dad and brothers – 7, 15, & 19 years of age. I washed floors and many times with tears rolling down my face onto the floor. I had a cousin my age that would come to help on occasion. With God's help I made it.
My mother questioned me before she died...”Are you coming where I am going”? That question never left me. I had prayed a lot asking God to enter my life but needed assurance. One evening after church service my sister-in-law Justina asked if I was going to Heaven. With the help of church people and Rev John Friesen, I got peace with God and joy that I had longed for all my life. I was baptized on the confession of my faith in Jesus Christ.
On May 1, 1949 I married the love of my life, Bill Ginter. It was a very rainy day. My brother Dave was very close to me and asked me where Bill would sleep. He couldn't believe he would sleep with me!
We bought a small house and moved it to the J C Nickel farm where we lived for 5 years. Our first child, Harvey, arrived in Spring of 1951. In ‘54 we moved to Rosenfeld, just before our second child Wayne arrived. We had 3 more children – Diane, Donald and Leroy. We would move to Winnipeg for the first couple of winter for Bill's employment.
I started working at the Rosenfeld store that was next door to our yard, and worked there till 1978.
After Bill had shoulder surgery...I started working with Bill, Donald & Leroy doing taping and painting, which I did for 10-11 years.
After I quit working outside the home, I guided Bible Study for many years with ladies in the community. Friendships were formed and truths from God's Word have always been treasured. Later I hosted Five-Day Club for 8 years, which brought more children into my life, seeing them eager to learn from God’s Word. God has been so good to give me all these opportunities.
My greatest enjoyment came from my grandchildren.
As we got older and our yard became too much for us, the children encouraged us to move on. With a lot of good memories, family times, neighbors, flower gardens and a spacious yard we left Rosenfeld behind and moved to Altona. Where we made our home at Katherina Courts, then moved to the Gardens on Tenth and our last move was to The Eastview Place.
This concludes Moms writings.
This last Thursday Mom became very ill and on Friday morning, March 11th God called her home, peacefully with family by her side.
She is survived by Bill Ginter, her husband of 72 years, 1 daughter and 4 sons
Mom is survived by 30 great-grandchildren. In 1980 she was predeceased by one grandson Kyle Ginter.
Harv & Elma Ginter (Halbstadt)
Rachel & John Zacharias, lan & Christie Ginter, Noah & Joanna Ginter, Elliot and Ranae Ginter and their families.
Wayne & Juliette Ginter (Grunthal)
Dwayne & Alex Ginter, Justin & Cory Ginter, Tabitha Ginter, Kirk Ginter, Charlie & Brad MacDonald and their families.
Diane & Gord Burns (Woodlands)
Jason & Linda Burns, Mitch & Laurel Burns, Nathan & Jess Burns and their families.
Donald & Mary Ginter (Gnadenfeld)
Adam & Annie Ginter, Jerusha Ginter
Leroy & Doralin Ginter (Altona)
Brooklyn Ginter, Ashley Ginter, Alexi Ginter
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the Altona EMM Church, with interment to follow at the Bergfeld Cemetery.
Viewing will be at Wiebe Funeral Home Altona on Monday, March 14 from 1:00 - 9:00 p.m., and at the church prior to the service.
Donations in memory of Betty may be made to Seeds of Hope.